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Where to Travel in Octoberon

Let us tell you a little secret. Summer isn’t always the best time to take a vacation.

You’re shocked, I’m sure, but it’s true. Summer may appear to be an ideal time to set off on the adventure of a lifetime, however, the true star of the vacation show is actually the fall.

October is truly an ideal time to get away for a few days from work, stress, and your everyday life to experience something new. What makes this month so special? First off, the weather is nearly ideal in locations all around the globe. Secondly, places are less crowded as everyone else spent all their vacation days in the summer.

And, here’s another bonus: Places may actually be cheaper to visit in October because it’s the end of their high tourist season. You may even be able to score cheaper flights thanks to low supply and demand too. (That means you could spend a little less time squirreling money away in your travel fund.)

So, if you can, hold off just a little bit longer and plan your group, family, romantic, or solo travels for the month of October. But, just where should you go for the fall vacation of your dreams? Here are seven destinations where you could potentially travel to this October.

Munich, Germany

From late September through Early October (Sept. 21 to Oct. 6 to be exact), the city of Munich comes alive with excitement, events, and plenty of beer as part of its annual Oktoberfest celebration. To take part in the festivities all you need to do is show up. However, it may be a good idea to purchase tickets to different tents and attractions ahead of time.

It may also be smart to read up on your Oktoberfest history to understand what it’s really all about (like, did you know it started as a horse race). Finally, it’s key to also wear the right outfit to Oktoberfest because everything has a meaning.

For example, a woman can signal if she’s single or not just by the way she fashions the bow on her dirndl. Following the event try to stay a few extra days and explore more of the German countryside. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Salzburg, and Neuschwanstein Castle all make excellent day trips from the city.

Boston, Massachusetts

There’s no place like Massachusetts in the fall. In October, Boston is absolutely at its best thanks to the crisp air, the changing leaves, and the heavenly fall sunsets that take place over the harbor. Head to Boston for a ghost tour or
around Halloween time.

Then, take a day trip up to New Hampshire to hike Mt. Washington . There, you’ll not only get the most amazing fall color show in the trees above, but at the top, you may even get your first glimpse of the winter snow to come. Just make sure to pack layers for your New England journey as the nights tend to get a bit frosty by mid-month.

Milos, Greece

Hidden among the Cyclades lies a true hidden gem when it comes to travel. Milos is an island made up of about 62 square miles but it punches well above it weights when it comes to vacation destinations.

There, visitors can rent mopeds or four-wheelers for dirt road adventures, dive into the blue Mediterranean waters at one of its more than 70 beaches, or take it a bit of culture by visiting the catacombs.

Of course, this is Greece after all, so there are also plenty of churches as well as restaurants serving up local delicacies. And, by visiting in October you’ll get the best weather of the year as it sits at a pleasant 65-degree average . You’ll also likely have the island to yourself as tourist season ends in August.

The Grand Canyon, Arizona

This October, why not take a little time away from work to explore the wonderment of America? A great place to do that is the rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring place any time of year but is particularly magical in the fall when the colors change and the weather feels a bit more comfortable.

It’s also the ideal time to attempt a rim-to-rim hike, totaling just more than 14 miles. But, that’s not just any old 14 miles, it’s a straight down and straight back up hike, so you’ll be grateful for the beautiful fall weather. Book your campsite at the South Rim to wake up to some of the best view in the United States.

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

A safari vacation in Africa is something some people have thought about. But, it can also be a wildly expensive prospect. However, if you go to a lesser-known destination and go at just the right time you may be able to experience that dream after all.

To make it happen, look into a stay at South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. It’s a destination teeming with wildlife. On a safari, you’ll likely see lions, giraffes, and elephants.

And in October you could even experience a few Zambian rainstorms as it’s the beginning of their rainy season. The rain can actually a good thing for your vacation as it turns the landscape into a green space, inviting even more animals to come out to drink, eat, and say hello.

Consider booking a trip with a touring company like Bushcamp Company to see the most amount of land in the park. And, as a bonus, you can feel good about your safari as they donate a portion of your safari to the local community and educational programs as well.

Kauai Island, Hawaii

If you still want to take a tropical vacation even in October that’s OK, because Hawaii is here to help. Though all the islands are spectacular Kauai may just be the best place to go in the fall.

You can experience its hiking, beaches, and scenery with fewer tourists than during peak season. Because it’s the last of the warm months but not quite the rainy season yet you’re likely to experience lovely weather. You can thank us for this tip by enjoying a luau on the beach with a fruity drink.

The Lake District, United Kingdom

The Lake District, located in North West England, is already a popular holiday destination with gorgeous hikes. In fact, the area is so beautiful it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017. It’s also a well-known place where the creative types flock, including the likes of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

Though it’s a place you’d thoroughly enjoy all year round, it’s a place you’ll want to see in October as that’s when the trees turn a fire orange, red, and yellow that is just too unbelievable to attempt to describe here. Perhaps the best thing to do on your October journey is to explore the Lake District National Park to immerse yourself completely in nature. To further maximize your English countryside experience you could opt to forgo a fancy hotel and spend your time in a local cottage BnB instead.

Bring SoFi Checking and Savings Along for the Fall Journey

No matter where in the world you go this October you’ll want to be financially prepared for your trip. That could mean having all the best travel apps downloaded and ready to go. You’ll also want to have easy access to your cash on the road. Consider a checking and savings account with SoFi Checking and Savings®.

With the SoFi Checking and Savings® card you can take out money from any ATM that accepts Mastercard and get unlimited ATM fee reimbursements (subject to change).

Heading out this fall? Stash your SoFi Checking and Savings® card in your flannel for easy access to your money—wherever your travels take you.

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